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The Reinvention of Spain: Nation and Identity since Democracy

Sebastian Balfour and Alejandro Quiroga


Unravelling the debate about the Spanish nation and its identity in the new democracy, this book looks at the issue as both a historical debate and a contemporary political problem, made particularly complex by the legacy of the Francoist dictatorship, which deeply eroded the legitimacy of Spanish nationalism. During and since the transition, Spanish nationalist discourse has evolved to meet the challenge of new concepts of nation and identity. These formulations argue very different configurations of the relationship between nation and state. While the Constitution of 1978 defines Spain as a ... More

Keywords: Spanish identity, Francoist dictatorship, Spanish nationalism, Constitution of 1978, nation state, regional identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199206674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Balfour, author
Emeritus Professor of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Alejandro Quiroga, author
Lecturer in Spanish and European History, University of Newcastle
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